We come to the end of another week and I find that we’ve made it through that tremulous first week back to balancing school and life.
I practiced peace while wrestling testy appliances and a messy house.
We found our way through some new curriculum and found that the second grader absolutely LOVES it. After a few days of doing school from breakfast until bedtime (not exaggerating!), we found a little bit of rhythm and were done by dinnertime. Now if I can get a certain child to stop disappearing between classes, we could have something close to a normal school day.
All week we walk a dark road with a daughter who wants to choose her own path and we continue to learn what it is to pray and beg mercy and be humbled because we really have no clue what we’re doing in this parenting thing and by the time we think we’ve figured something out everything changes.
We pass another week with no word of movement in Haiti while on Facebook I see an acquaintance post pictures of their Haitian children at home. An acquaintance we met standing in line nearly a year ago at the embassy in Port-au-Prince both waiting for our I-600 appointment. I marvel at how their kids are home and will myself to say the Lord’s ways are higher and His timing is perfect. Because I am done with this being “pregnant” and there are no old wives tales to test to start labor. I must simply wait. And I’m reminded as I do of some of the wisest adoption words I’ve heard so far, and we heard them early on in this….”Respect the process.” No amount of grumbling or being impatient or thinking how this or that could be done better will change the adoption process in Haiti, at least not right now. My safest and most peaceful place is to trust God and respect the process.
Last night we celebrated the new year with our Sunday school class and as I crawled into bed at nearly 1 am, I prayed thanks to Jesus for the community He has been quietly building around us this past year in our own church, a place where we had felt painfully disconnected for many months. We are blessed.
I realize today it’s been three years since the earthquake, since Haiti appeared to almost fall in on itself. Three years since we watched unimaginable images on television screens and prayed for our own loved ones and friends to come home safe. It’s been three years since we felt compelled to move, to act, to be involved. Three years since a massive community-wide sale that really was the beginning of our involvement in ministry in Haiti. And I sit and reflect on all the mighty ways God has moved in just three years and I am amazed and how can I not worship and praise His name, for He has done good things.
For His Glory ~